Five low relief carvings of heads in profile
- Art Funded
- 26 x 20 cm
The collection now consists partly of Disraeli's own furnishings, pictures, and sculpture, and partly of memorabilia that have subsequently been given to the house. Given to Benjamin Disraeli by a friend, this gift reflected Disraeli's almost exclusively Italian taste in sculpture. The powerfully modelled heads were probably carved for a frieze in the Palazzo Grimani, Venice (demolished in1820). These reliefs are five from a probable original total of sixteen or more, probably intended as facial expressions of different states of mind.
Palazzo Grimani, Venice; Given to B.Disraeli by Sir Philip Rose Bt; Disraeli sale, Christie's 1881; Park Place, Remenham Hill, Henley; Mallams, Oxford, 4/10/89, lot 345; with Agnew's.